- The day when you get your first traffic ticket and ruin your clean streak.
- The day when you had big plans, but instead someone gets sick and you end up cancelling everything to tend to them and take them to the doctor, worrying and fretting because the symptoms are never something "normal."
- The day you're running late from beginning to end, even though you had the best intentions of really being on top of things.
- The day you realize someone is hurt or offended or mad with you because, truthfully, you blew it.
- The day when you get terrible and unexpected news that just almost knocks you off your feet and takes your breath away.
- The day when you discover that something you thought was going so well is in fact going quite terribly, and now you have your work cut out for you to get things back in order.
- On and on and on I could go.
It didn't sound especially encouraging to me this morning when I read these words in Ecclesiastes, but the more I meditated on them, the more hope I managed to wring from them:
In the day of prosperity be joyful,
But in the day of adversity consider:
Surely God has appointed the one as
well as the other...
Difficult days certainly don't lend themselves to celebration, but they do give us reason to carefully consider what God may be up to. Oh, at the time we may be too swamped with the work and pain and frustration and regret of it all to really notice what God is doing. But it's always a good idea to at least look back and see if we can notice the hand of God intervening on our especially no good, horrible, bad day.
We may see that God used our terrible day to:
- intentionally slow us down so we would seek Him.
- cause us to address matters we had previously avoided.
- put particular people in our path we would not otherwise have encountered.
- sit us down so we can get some much needed rest, physically or emotionally.
- force us to resolve unfinished business.
- draw our attention to something He is doing in someone else's life.
- discipline us because we've fallen into ungodly habits that are hurting us or others.
So the next time you experience one of those no good, horrible, terrible, very bad days, just remember that God is still up to some good in your life. He has appointed this day. This is the day (even if it feels like an especially ugly one at the time) that God has made for you, and you can rejoice and be glad in it!